California

Field Trip: Jimtown Store

Field Trip: Jimtown Store

Jimtown Store is an old fashion country store and cafe located in the vineyards of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. They have delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts all created in house from scratch. It's the perfect pit stop while road tripping through California wine country. We love stopping here for a little rest, relaxation and refueling. I especially love their small outdoor patio.

Sherman Library & Gardens

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The Sherman Library and Gardens is located on the Coast Hwy between Newport Beach and Laguna. It's actually nestled right in the middle of my favorite local seaside town, Corona del Mar. I can't tell you how many times I've cruised right past it. But recently, decided to make time to visit and was so glad I did!

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They have a seasonal cafe offering French inspired California cuisine which is served outside on their beautiful patio. The library and gardens cover 2 acres and have several water fountain pools, an indoor tropical garden, a cactus and succulent garden, and a sweet garden shop to purchase plants, gifts or books. Their research library is filled with books pertaining to the history of the Pacific Southwest.

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  * Previously mention purple toes. Which are now painted coral. ;-) 

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There's a Starbucks a block down the road that is always completely packed, but this garden was so tranquill in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, it made me wonder why more people aren't there instead of a crowded coffee shop. Maybe it's the caffeine.

One of the best things about the Sherman Library and Gardens is that they encourage you to take photos! That's right, they welcome it! So it's a great place to practice shooting in natural light and what better subjects could there possibly be?

Field Trip: Apple Picking

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The Man and I took a spur of the moment field trip up to Oak Glen to spend the day picking apples. We were quite surprised to learn that all of the orchards had been nearly ruined by a recent frost. Many of the farms had already harvested what was left to sell at their farmstands. So there would be no picking but plenty of apple tasting, cider drinking, pie eating and picnicking.

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There were huge stacks of crates piled high behind the cider mill. I believe they press cider all day long. Or until the cows come home. There is nothing better than icy cold fresh pressed cider. Divine!

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We snacked on cherry pie instead of apple to balance things out. ;-) And I got to watch him show me his bow and arrow skills. Pretty impressive.

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At the end of the day we came home with a half gallon of cider and a big box of Honeycrisp apples. Which are quite possibly God's most perfect fruit. 

The Tyler Florence Shop

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 Continuing with the obvious shopping/food theme on this trip, we stopped by the Tyler Florence Shop in Mill Valley, CA. The design of the store is very open with the exception of a cookbook library tucked in the back. What I loved most was the mix of new culinary items and vintage finds. Think worn hotel silver, rustic crates, antique cutting boards along with a superb selection of new delights for the chef.

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There was a gorgeous teaching kitchen filled with pantry staples and gift items like candles and tea towels. Wouldn't it be fun to have a party here? And the walls of open shelving piled high with stacks of white dishes...swoon!

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I picked up a couple jars of  CC Made Artisinal Caramel Sauce. Their delicious Grey Sea Salt caramel sauce is perfect for ice cream or sliced apples. 


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And I was very tempted to buy both crates of these vintage bottles. Very tempted. The colors are so lovely and I can think of a thousand ways to use them! Party favors, picnics, oils/vinegars, handmade gifts, as water bottles for fancy schmancy dinner parties....see? I should have bought them!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for taking the time to stop by this week. Always love hearing from each of you here and on FB. :-))

The WINNERS of the Library Pillows Giveaway are posted HERE! Hooray!

Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon04We've returned from our vacation and now begins the posts of some the highlights from our trip. We thoroughly enjoyed walking to Bouchon Bakery for a morning latte and sweet treat.The weather was incredibly gorgeous and the courtyard was the perfect spot to start the day. And I must say I adore their pistachio green and chocolate brown packaging....ADORE. Boucoll2

Boucoll1 It was nice to be able to watch the baker doing his magic through the glass windows. Bouchon is rather known for their enormous macarons so of course, we had to try them. Below is Hazelnut, Pistachio and PB&J. You can see we tasted each for you. Our favorite was the Hazelnut...classic and delicious.

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So what treat would you choose with all those delectable sweets right in front of you? Croissant, crumb cake, chocolate bouchon, macaron, eclair......